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Today’s edition of NewsRoom_Digest features 3 resourceful links of the day and the politics pulse from Wednesday 16th of March. It is best viewed on a desktop screen.


Noteworthy stories in the current news cycle include: the timber industry saying it’s losing money from the country’s free trade agreement with China; banks being criticised for keeping credit card interest rates at nearly 20% – when interest rates generally are at their lowest in decades; and that a special 50% reduction in climate change obligations for New Zealand citizens and companies will be scrapped.


Government: Majority of transactions with government now digital; Wraparound service proving a ‘lifesaver’; Citrus industry joins GIA biosecurity agreement; PM announces appointment of GCSB director; Land Transfer Bill passes first reading;Wide parliamentary support for Kermadec Sanctuary; Major reforms to improve local government services for ratepayers; Taking the LEAD on disability employment; TPP reduces non-tariff trade barriers;Three Treaty settlement bills pass first reading; Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Bill passes First Reading; Modern buses for the regions

Labour: Gun inquiry welcome but must be robust;Stress test shows banks have room to support farmers; Tertiary education “whitestreaming” must stop

Māori Party: First reading of Te Ātiawa Claims Settlement Bill

New Zealand First: ForestWood 2016 Conference Speech;Global Dairy Trade Down; Italy And Hungary Break Ranks Over Russia; We’ve Been Taken For Mugs By China As Wood Industry Proves;Key Runs From His Government’s Claims On TPPA Gains;Sale Of 10 Northland Farms Shows Foreign Buyers Not Needed


BANKING ROBUST: The banking system is robust to a severe dairy stress test, according to a Bulletin article ‘Summary of the dairy portfolio stress testing exercise’ published today by the Reserve Bank. Click here for more:

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS: New Zealand’s seasonally adjusted current account balance widened by $221 million in the December 2015 quarter, to a deficit of $1.9 billion, according to New Zealand.m More details at:

INTENSIVE WRAPAROUND SERVICE: A review of a new service for students with the highest needs which has found it is improving behaviour and educational outcomes. Introduced in 2012, Intensive Wraparound Service is an intensive, personalised service that supports children and young people with high and complex behavioural and learning needs. Read more:

And that’s our sampling of “news you can use” for Wednesday 16th March.